This article examines reasons for the ineffectiveness of foreign aid interventions in developing countries, using the examples of Yemen, Egypt and Jordan. It starts with a review of two contradictory theories used to explain foreign aid ineffectiveness: the public interest perspective (PIP) and the public choice perspective (PCP). On the basis of the PCP, this article shows that deficiencies are locked within a vicious circle of a poor policy and institutional environments in developing countries and donors' self-interest. The article ends by proposing a third explanation of foreign aid ineffectiveness that goes beyond the scope of the PCP.
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Research Article| January 01 2016
Lack of foreign aid effectiveness in developing countries between a hammer and an anvil
Contemporary Arab Affairs (2016) 9 (1): 82–99.
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Moosa Elayah; Lack of foreign aid effectiveness in developing countries between a hammer and an anvil. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 January 2016; 9 (1): 82–99. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2015.1124519
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